Officials trying to stop nuclear material from spreading after collapse at Chernobyl — Will be covered with ‘special resin’

Published: April 23rd, 2013 at 10:32 am ET


Title: Ukraine to cover collapsed Chernobyl roof with special resin
Source: Xinhua
Author: Thomas Whittle
Date: April 24, 2013

Ukraine will cover the collapsed roof of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant with special resin to prevent the spread of radioactive dust, a senior nuclear safety official said here Tuesday.

“As soon as the weather permits, we will cover the equipment under the caved-in parts of the roof with special resin,” Mikhail Gashev, Ukraine’s chief inspector of nuclear and radiation safety, told reporters. […]

About 600 square meters of the roof at Chernobyl […] collapsed in mid-February. Authorities said at the time that the collapse posed no threat to human health.

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Published: April 23rd, 2013 at 10:32 am ET


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12 comments to Officials trying to stop nuclear material from spreading after collapse at Chernobyl — Will be covered with ‘special resin’

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    Compared to Nukushima contamination, the Chernobyl radiation, by most estimates, is much smaller, but see below the heroic and gargantuan 1.4 Bil dollar cover French Novarka and the EU are building to slide in place on rails in 2015. The contrast with Japan/Tepco's water cooling, ocean-dilution-solution charade is hard to believe:

    "Novarka is building a giant, arch-shaped structure out of steel, 190 meters (623 feet) wide and 200 meters (656 feet) long, to cover the crumbling concrete dome that was built following the explosion. The steel casing project is estimated at $1.4 billion and is expected to be completed in 2015." (The cover will allow the American company to begin the decontamination work.)

    Japan should probably be doing the opposite of the dome, in the form of a multi-billion $ coffer dam (then a dome). See below how mammoth is the EU financed, French-designed Novarka arch, and what is involved in true nuclear containment:

    • bwoodfield bwoodfield

      Build a sphere around the entire thing, under the ground and above it. Something with layers of concrete, lead and steel.

      I know.. not gonna happen.

      • Jay

        Here comes a form of Foam , finally , after 26 years !

        Search for Foam radiation shielding and you'll see already a variety , all it takes is a bit of fine-tuning to converge all the properties needed .

        But I have a feel there is more in the basement of Fukushima reactors …

      • moonshellblue moonshellblue

        Due to subsidence lead and concrete are too heavy? Technology has not been invented to store radioactive waste look at Hanford. The entire planet really should stop this insanity and you would think Fukushima would wake up TPTB and motivate countries to turn to renewables and decommission all nuclear plants but obviously not. Oh well as the world turns or rather burns.

        • We Not They Finally

          People who cannot responsibly plan for TOMORROW have hardly taken care of the last SEVENTY YEARS' mountain of nuclear waste. But at least they are trying to do SOMETHING over there. I's a big fat nothing elsewhere.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Doesn't work. Can't stop radiation from leaking. It's in our air and crops. And will be forever, thanks to nuclear.

  • weeman

    It took them 30 years to get this far and the main reason for construction is the eminent collapse of the old structure, it will take them at least another 100 years to disassemble old structure and associated debris, etc.
    The corium lava flows are another question with no answer at present time your guess.
    Off course it will still be leaking radiation into the environment continuously and now for the bad news Fukushima has three meltdowns with the majority of the radioactive isotopes entering the pacific ocean, with no way at the present time to halt or even reduce.
    Another fine mess we got ourselves into, Ole.

  • We Not They Finally

    At least they are acknowledging that there is a problem. At least they are doing SOMETHING.

  • breaking study on radioisotope effects on the respiratory system .. stats aquired by Jamnoise72 on you tube (some great research) and turned out relevent to proving that the UK was indeed effectted by large clouds of microparticles of beta Pb Lead (undetectable with a gieger ..nearly)from the radon releases of diachi.. not sire if it was from the xe133 release that was BIGGER THAN THE CHERNOBYL XE133 release qouta.. still working on that.. refer to busbies lead in tokyo video.. Pb210= Pol 210

    heres a preview of the video on still birth and miscarriage stats exclusive to enenews.. i will be posting it up to later

    all early stage epidemiological data but i think some common sense will leave you stunned, as it did me!

    still trying to work out if the rise in 2009/early 2010 (still births) was due to some chernobyl cause but the fires werent till late 2010?

    it may have been sellafield though?
    or something from the usa?
    now i am not biased but….
    saikado hantai!

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Many thanks for the video, arclight. Very informative.
      I am more alarmed by the radiation being measured by the geiger counter we hear in the background, than by the data you presented. Is there an increasing fallout problem where you live?

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Nuclear Accidents, Recycling Nuclear Weapons

    Chernobyl Coverup And Denial Of 1 Million + Casualties; via @AGreenRoad